Area Obituaries

Esther Keener

Esther Oxendine Keener of the Lumbee Tribe, 88, of Dunlap, formerly of Pembroke, North Carolina, died Monday, June 17, 2019. She was a member of Christian Worship Center in Whitwell. She was preceded in death by her husband, W.R. “Whitey” Keener; parents William Henry and Beatrace Oxendine; son, Neil Bradley Cummings; sisters, Naomi, Pauline, Stella…

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Janice Wilkey

Janice L. Wilkey of Winter Haven, Florida, born May 2, 1951 and passed away May 29, 2019, left the loving arms of her husband for the arms of Jesus. She was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee to Marshall Valentine Lewis and Velma Jo Mathis Lewis. She is survived by her loving husband of nearly 45 years,…

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Michael David Smith

Michael David Smith, 44, of Dunlap, died Sunday, June 2, 2019 at his home. He was born March 15, 1975. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Herman Mac Cunningham and Arnnie Nunley Cunningham; and brother, Craig Allen Smith. He is survived by his daughter, Harley Shanay Smith-Maple; son, Michael “Tyler” Smith, Dunlap; two…

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Diane McCarver

Sybil “Diane” McCarver, 55, of Dunlap, passed away Monday, June 3, 2019 at her residence.    Diane never met a stranger and had lots of friends. She was a member of Dunlap Church of God. She was preceded in death by her husband, Luke McCarver; Alicia’s father, Terry Seals; parents, Norman and Glennis Hobbs Johnson;…

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Wesley Simpson

Wesley Coleman Simpson, 64 of Lafayette, Tennessee, died Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Skyline Medical Center in Nashville. Mr. Simpson was born November 1, 1954 in Portland, the son of the late Wesley Leroy and Josephine Simpson. Mr. Simpson is survived by his wife, Melissa Brewer Simpson of Lafayette; son, Wesley Coleman Simpson Jr. of…

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Donna Knox

Donna Louise Knox, 59, of Dunlap, ran into the arms of Jesus on May 25, 2019. Her loving husband, Bill Knox, and devoted grandson, James Ling, along with family, were by her side. Donna was born on November 3, 1959. She lived most of her life in South Florida where she and her husband ran…

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Major Randall Elliott

Major Randal Elliott (Retired) had a 15-year battle with cancer. On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, Randal passed away in the arms of his bride of 56 years at their home in Sequatchie, Tennessee. Randal was preceded in death by George Washington Elliott (father); Maude Melissa Green (mother); George Elliott Jr. (brother); Dorothy Worthington (sister), Myrtle…

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Clifford Lee Matheny

Clifford Lee Matheny, Jr., 93, of Michigan, died Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Living Joy Assisted Living Care in Swartz Creek, Michigan. Mr. Matheny was born August 1, 1925 in Terre Haute, Indiana and was a Mason and an Iron Worker for 65 years. He was a member of the Church of God. He was…

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Diana Louise Lockhart

Diana Louise Lockhart, 65, of Signal Mountain, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at her home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Lockhart; grandson, Logan Lepard; parents, A.J. and Billie Brown; and brother, A.J. Brown, Jr. She is survived by her two daughters, Alisha Vaughn of Winter Haven, Florida and Winter Lockhart…

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Marilyn Hixson Hodge

Marilyn Hixson Hodge, 77, of Dunlap, died Saturday, May 18, 2019. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Ova Hughes Hixson; a sister, Marie Barker; and a brother, Rubin Hixson. She is survived by a daughter, Rona Johnson (Joey Holland), Dunlap; two grandchildren, Maranda (Andrew) Johnson and Cassidy Holland; one great-granddaughter, Makayla…

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